Nytt mandat for standardisering innen eSignatur. CEN-komiteen TC224 Personidentifikasjon og elektronisk signatur får i oppdrag å oppdatere CEN Workshop Agreements (CWA) til europeiske standarder (ENs). K188 Person-iD skal rådføres, har vi noen mening om dette?
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In previous mandated work, CEN and ETSI collaborated in the European Electronic Signature Initiative (EESSI) on the provision of standards (ETSI TSs and CWAs) concerning electronic signatures. In addition, Commission Decision 2003/511/EC identifies certain of the CWAs as “generally recognised standards” for electronic signature products in compliance with article 3(5) of the Directive 1999/93/EC on a Community framework for electronic signatures.
In an Action Plan on eSignature and Identification adopted in 2008, the Commission listed the following actions relevant for standardization:
• to update or possibly extend the Commission Decision 2003/511/EC;
• to compile a “Trusted List” of qualified certification service providers;
• to provide guidance helping to implement eSignature in an interoperable way.
Taking account of the existing EESSI deliverables, the mandate invites the ESOs to develop a rationalised European eSignature standardisation framework, which also includes implementation guidelines, in order to achieve the interoperability of eSignature at European level, as requested in the 2008 Action Plan. A possible, schematic framework is proposed in the mandate (see Annex I, p.6).
The main tasks proposed to be carried out are:
• an inventory of eSignature standards at all geographical levels;
• a rationalised structure for the European eSignature standardisation documents;
• a gap analysis;
• the rapid update of the CWAs developed by the EESSI in order to quickly update the Commission Decision 2003/511/EC.
The mandate identifies the following timeframe:
• The ESOs shall present a detailed work programme that sets out the timetable for the requested work within four months of the acceptance of the mandate by all of them;
• The mandate shall run for a total duration of 48 months from the date of its acceptance.
• Six-monthly progress reports and yearly managements reports detailing the work performed the elapsed period will be presented to the European Commission.
CEN/TC 224 Personal identification, electronic signatures and cards and their related systems and operation has been working for some time on the upgrading of some of the EESSI CWAs into ENs, but resources have been insufficient to make fast progress. The work to be carried out overall in response to the mandate will require careful planning and prioritisation, as well as a clear agreement between CEN and ETSI over ‘who does what’. The latter will be discussed initially in a CEN-ETSI meeting on 25 February with the hope to have reached conclusion before the mandated work starts.
Asbjørn Hovstø, K188 Person-iD referansegruppe